Adrian Dix pledges competitive candidates for Richmond

NDP leader Adrian Dix addressed the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.  - Bob Plowman/P.S. Photography photo
NDP leader Adrian Dix addressed the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.
— image credit: Bob Plowman/P.S. Photography photo

NDP leader Adrian Dix said Liberal strongholds like Richmond and Kelowna haven’t always fielded competitive candidates during the provincial election.

That’s something that’s going to change next year.

“I think you’re going to be very, very pleased,” Dix said following his address to the Richmond Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Dix spoke about how Richmond has seen extraordinary growth, with more jobs in Richmond than people.

He said no matter the outcome of next year’s provincial election, government needs to work together to address the issues that are challenges today.

“I think that alternance in democracy is a good thing. Whether we’re elected or not, we also have to work together after the election, no matter what the result.”

Provincial investment and economic growth are crucial for the future of the province, Dix said

Asked whether the business community is ready for an NDP-led government, Dix noted that his father was a small-business owner in Vancouver for more than 40 years, and his brother is an entrepreneur.

“I understand the challenges of small business,” he said.

Asked about the NDP’s chances in Richmond, Dix said he’s committed to fielding competitive candidates all across the province.

“We’re going to compete everywhere. We’re going to run great candidates.”

Dix said he enjoyed the tough questions that were tossed his way at Thursday’s gathering.

Barry Grabowski, chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, said: “Business people around British Columbia are concerned about a change in government and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce felt it was important to invite Mr. Dix to speak to our membership about what an NDP government would look like.

“In his speech, Mr. Dix discussed the fiscal restraints of the times, the need for more skilled workers and the current state of the democratic process in our province. The message was positive but we at the Chamber look forward to seeing a fully laid out, detailed platform in the lead up to the next general election.”

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